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Management of Small Projects

Management of Small Projects

5 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Supervisors and engineers (process, plant projects, maintenance, operations) and engineering contractor staff.


  • Foundation
  • This course provides knowledge on specific features of small projects implemented in operating facilities.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • apply proven project management practices to small projects, during FEED and execution,
  • define an organization and execution plan for small projects, suited to the site structure,
  • monitor critical interfaces with production and maintenance, at each stage of the projects,
  • identify SHE design risks of small projects, and adapt them accordingly.
Course Content


2.5 days

  • Specific constraints of plant projects (resources, organization, schedule, management of several simultaneous projects).
  • Stage-gate process: various stages from conceptual design to start-up. Roles and responsibilities of the project manager.
  • Integrated team. Project initiation, basic engineering. Reviews of the technical packages with owner.
  • Cost optimization, value engineering. Cost estimating methods, accuracy and confidence level. Contingencies.
  • Project execution plan: organization chart, objectives, priorities, milestones, constraints. Interface management.
  • SHE design risk identification and assessment. Overview of the main methods (HAZID, HAZOP).


1 day

  • Engineering contract types. Advantages and drawbacks. Management of an umbrella contract.
  • Detail engineering: regulatory compliance, owner corporate standards, deviations. List of deliverables.
  • Most common technical pitfalls. Control of detail engineering documents.


0.5 day

  • Procurement of equipment: specifications, purchasing, expediting, inspection, transportation. Quality control plan.
  • Planning and scheduling for equipment supply and field construction. Scheduling tools. Critical path. Contingency plans.


1 day

  • Specific risks associated with revamp projects (technical, economical, SHE). Field works during turnarounds.
  • Construction strategy (use of maintenance or other construction contractors). Construction management and methods.
  • Subcontractor field supervision and control. Safety, Health and Environment management. Change management.
  • Precommissioning. Mechanical completion, management of punch-list items, commissioning, provisional acceptance.
  • Post-startup activities, technical and financial closure, final acceptance, bank warranty.
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Ways & Means
  • Numerous examples from actual refining/chemical projects.
  • A project case study is used throughout the course (exercises performed by the participants) for all stages.
  • Various games and knowledge verification quizzes to enhance understanding of the key features.